Stay Up Late! Towards a Midnight Manifesto

Crowds gather for Berlin’s Videoart at Midnight series. Source: Videoart at Midnight on Facebook.

Crowds gather for Berlin’s Videoart at Midnight series. Source: Videoart at Midnight on Facebook.

Could a “midnight movies” model help solve the art space crisis facing DC and other cities? 

When you picture great jazz, cabaret, comedy, or DJ sets, you likely don’t picture bright daylight as part of the scene. Edgier, risk-taking art forms are incubated late at night, subsidized perhaps by prime-time entertainments earlier in the evening. Arthouse movie theaters and their most passionate fans have long used this model to organize screenings of challenging and niche fare at midnight.

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Erik Moe

Truxton Circle, Washington, DC, United States

Digital strategy expert working to strengthen the online work of social impact teams, culture-makers, and nonprofits.